Michael Faas September 13, 1935-September 28, 2023

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Michael J. Faas, 88 of Prairie du Chien, passed away Sept. 28, 2023, at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien surrounded by his family. He was born in Gays Mills, WI on Sept. 13, 1935, to Michael and Maggie (Rinehart) Faas. 

He married Mary Jane Moris on Sept. 29, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington, WI. Mike was employed by Kroger Grocery from 1951 to 1958. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1960 in Hawaii. Following his military service, he worked for F.W. Means for 25 years as a District Manager in Waterloo, IA. 

Mike and Mary Jane moved to Prairie du Chien in 1984 where they owned the Top Half and Garden City Floral. In 1988, Mike and Mary Jane began operating the Best Western Motel and seven other motels in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois. In 1987, he built, owned, and operated the Super 8 Motel in New Richmond, WI with his wife and son Mark. 

He then started and operated River City Lock Service until retirement in 2012, at the age of 77. Mike served on the Prairie du Chien Military Honor Guard for many years. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing. 

Mike is survived by his wife of 67 years Mary Jane; their two sons Michael (April) and Mark (Trincy) Faas; his sister Germaine Foley; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Francis Kapinus.  

A Memorial Service will be Oct. 6, 2023, at 11 a.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating with private inurnment at a later date in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 9-10:45 a.m., when there will be time for memory sharing. Military Honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Crossing Rivers Hospice or Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, both in Prairie du Chien. 

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